Property and Casualty Insurance Agents and Brokers

Property and casualty insurance agents and brokers sell policies that help individuals and companies cover expenses and losses from such disasters as fires, burglaries, traffic accidents, and other emergencies. These salespeople may also be known as fire, casualty, and marine insurance agents or brokers. There are approximately 354,460 insurance sales agents, including property and casualty insurance agents and brokers, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Casualty Insurance Agents and Brokers, Direct Writers, Exclusive Agents, Fire Insurance Agents and Brokers, Independent Agents, Marine Insurance Agents and Brokers
Duties Sell insurance policies to clients to protect them from liability or to cover costs of damaged property; build and maintain customer base
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
Experience Internship; student-agency program experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Agency Owner
  • Manager/Supervisor of Agents and Brokers
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • Trainee

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